Our eldest and her best friend decided to make a cake inbetween their physical work outs. Go figure, KIDS!
I Love this age. Cooking and cleaning up after themselves... whoops, nope.... (mom cleans up). Hmmmm, not sure I like that deal!
Ahh summer fun has just begun.
A while back my mom gave me some vintage scraps of fabric. Some wool, others were polyester .
My thoughts were to make leg warmers, the kind that just peek up over your boots, or maybe headbands.
But for the little pieces of scraps, I wanted to do something different.
I used a little piece of cream colored wool, and added a few things that had been tucked away in a box from my grandfather.
These two frames would be great in a masculin room.
Use fabrics that might have some sentimental value. It could be a swatch from a dress or a coat.
Add some memorabilia, i.e. cufflinks, or broaches belonging to a special person.
Have things laying around, and you're not sure what to do with them? Imagine a vintage tea towel.
Add it to a frame, and put your U.S. state's collectors pins on it! Of course, It doesn't have to be vintage. If you have pins from Disneyland or other places that you have collected, these could be displayed on some fun or solid colored scrap fabric.
Another idea is to use a fun vintage children's fabric. Put it in a frame, and paint the frame to match the fabric. Great for a nursery or toddlers room! I hope this will inspire you to make something fun with the Items that you already have on hand.
It's not only a cheap project, but also a great conversation piece.
I am so excited to have my eldest home from vacation tonight, and the younger ones tomorrow. I thought I would use my time wisely and get things organized and cleaned around the house while the kids were gone. Instead I lazed around thinking about childhood memories, and let the house fall apart. My poor husband is probably excited to get our clean home back, and food on the table.
So here I am on the otherside of the world, having forgotten that today is Midsummer's Eve. In Denmark there will be bonfires on the beaches as far as the eye can see. Singing, laughing, family, and friends will be gathered (at least that is how it is celebrated in Denmark). At this time of year, I get nostalgic. I think about growing up in a small country, the memories of family gatherings, the closeness of siblings, cousins and our grandmother who was always around to make things fun. I reminisce about my aunt and uncle's tiny summer house that my grandfather buildt. It was, and still is the perfect place for kids to play, and for enjoying the summer. The smell of the fresh air, coffee brewing , fresh berries and newly baked bread, says "home" to me. In the mornings my grandmother would go out in the garden and pick fresh strawberries to make her simple but delicious fresh jam in the tiny kitchen, while one of the adults or cousins walked to the bakery to buy fresh bread and rolls.
The summer house was a place to relax, play cards and board games and lie in the sun. I can still hear the sound of my uncle's radio in the back ground, and getting excited to hear the garden gate open and closing not knowing who was coming to visit. The whole family would gather for a game of badminton, walk on stilts and have water fights. Even the grownups got in on the games. In the evening we would walk to the beach to see an endless number of bonfires edging the ocean shore. The nightingale would sing one of its' beautiful songs. Laughter and glasses clincking could be heard in the air, and the word "Skaal!"(cheers). There was, and still is a sence of community between strangers. College graduates with their white capped hats and family gatherd to just enjoy the beginnig of summer.
My wonderful Aunt in the tiny kitchen.
My eldest daughter picking mini daisies.
My niece and I.
So there you have it, my memories of a perfect childhood Midsummer's Eve.
The fresh air and vibrant colors make late spring one of my favorite times of the year. It's not cold, and the summer heat has yet to set in. It inspired me to pick some flowers and herbs from my garden so I could take some photos to capture that late spring feeling.
The vase is from my sister in-law. She brought it back from Germany years ago. It's actually a ceramic pitcher, and one of my favorite things. If you were wondering what flowers I have here, here are some neat facts:
Peony - A plant with many uses. The peony has been used as a cancer fighter, and a cholesterol lowering herb.
Spanish Lavender - Used in traditional medicine as an anticonvulsant and antispasmodic.
Calendula - Some of its' many benefits include anti-flammatory and antiseptic properties. Also great when dried, and can be used in teas or dishes. I use this in both my salads and teas.
Disclaimer; Medical supervision is recommended for the above mentioned herbs.
I absolutely love peonies! This year I had so many blooms, that for once I felt good about picking them.
It was so exciting to see our Meyer lemon tree filled with lemons throughout the winter, and now it has new blooms on it! I can't wait to have more lemons.
The fresh smell of rosemary, sage and chives just makes you want to dive into cooking a meal. My rosemary just stopped blooming, and there is an abundance of beautiful sage and chives in my garden.
So I have a question. How is it possible that there is sea salt in the Himalayas? Is it from when God flooded the earth? Hmmm..... My mom gave me an antique pestle handed down from my great grandmother. I've got to admit, I do not use it. Instead, I have a ceramic one that I use. I think this one is pretty neat.
I had so much fun taking these photos. I enjoy trying to give them a rustic and old fashioned feel (I hope I accomplished that). The table is actually my IKEA wooden chopping block. The background is the chalk board wall from my previous post, "Chalkboard Wall." This wall is getting daily use by the kids! So much fun. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it.
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